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Grounds and Farm Assistant

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Position Information

Job Title Grounds and Farm Assistant
Appointment Type Casual Non-designated
Position Dates May 31, 2024 to October 25, 2024
Hours per week/FTE 35
About the Position
This position will assist with the daily operations and maintenance at the Lethbridge Irrigation Research Demo Farm. You will be part of a team that ensures work on the farm is done in a correct and timely fashion. You will assist with research projects when needed, this may include the collection of research data, plot setup, irrigation, and the maintenance of the research plots. You will assist with the operation and maintenance of the demonstration canal. The position will assist farm staff with grounds maintenance and upkeep of the facility too ensure the site presentable and in good repair for tours and visitors.
Position Details
Job Duties:
  • Assist with the setup, irrigation and data collection of research plots as required.
  • Setting up and operating the irrigation systems for the corner plot areas, recording amounts of water applied, times and dates for entry into farm database.
  • Irrigate and maintain lawn and trees around shop and landscape demonstration area.
  • Apply herbicides as needed under the supervision of the senior technologist.
  • Assist with field operations such as cultivating, seeding, disking, swathing and harvesting of crops.
  • Control weeds around buildings, storage areas, and in fields by weed whipping, spraying, and mowing.
  • Keep grass mowed along roadways, fence lines, buildings, and other infrastructure.
  • Help maintain the perimeter of plots and fields by mowing, cultivating or other appropriate means.
  • Help maintain and operate the Demo Canal and associated equipment.
  • Assist with soil moisture surveys and neutron probe measurements for irrigation recommendations (training / certification provided).
  • Assist research technician with trouble shooting of research equipment
  • Assist with equipment repairs and keep equipment in good operating condition.
  • Keep shop and storage building clean and organized so work can be carried out in a safe manner.
Required Qualifications
  • High school diploma and enrolled in post-secondary education in agriculture/similar discipline or an acceptable combination of education, training, and experience
  • Experience operating tractors and other types of farm equipment
  • Ability to have a flexible work schedule, as job may include some weekend and evening work
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license
  • Mechanical knowledge to be able to assist in the repair and maintenance of equipment
  • Willing to work outside in varying conditions
  • Able to do physical labor, such as lifting and landscaping
  • Eye for detail and good note-taking ability

Preferred Qualifications
  • Farm background
  • Experience with irrigation equipment
  • Valid Class 3 driver’s license
  • Experience in research and plot work

Salary $21 to $25 per hour; commensurate with experience.
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Posting Detail Information

Posting Number C24-00374
Open Date 03/27/2024
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation